This book is a practical tool for the assessment of adults who sexually abuse children.
It examines the impact of sexual abuse on children, enables professionals to evaluate the risk presented by adults who have sexually abused children, and provides a framework for the assessment of parents or carers and their ability to protect their children. The book includes checklists that practitioners can use to interpret the information they collect, and is illustrated with a central case study that demonstrates how the assessment profile can be used.
This book is a helpful resource for anyone undertaking assessments that have involved the sexual abuse of children. It is also of interest to others involved in child protection, such as social workers, health professionals, teachers, and legal and criminal justice professionals.
Jeff Fowler is a qualified social worker with over 30 years' experience of working with children and families. He has worked in both residential and fieldwork settings as a practitioner and senior manager. He currently provides risk assessments for local authorities and for parties in both public and private law proceedings, and is author of A Practitioners' Tool for Child Protection and the Assessment of Parents, also published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Introduction. Safeguarding Children. Introduction to the Practitioners' Tool. Chapter 1: The Child. 1.1 The Child. 1.2 Sally's Story. Chapter 2: The Abusing Adult. 2.1 Adults Who Sexually Abuse Children. 2.2 Beginning the Assessment. 2.3 Assessment of the Abusing Adult. 2.4 The Case Study. 2.5 The Family Structure. 2.6 Chronology. 2.7 Experiences from Childhood to Adult Life. 2.8 The Adults' Perception of Self. 2.9 Adult Relationships. 2.10 Perception of Children of `The Family'. 2.11 Criminal History - Non-Sexual Offences. 2.12 Drugs and Alcohol. 2.13 Self-esteem. 2.14 Dominant and Submissive Behaviour. 2.15 Angry, Aggressive and Violent Behaviour. 2.16 The Adult's Perception of Child Sexual Abuse. 2.17 The Sexual Abuse of the Child(ren). 2.18 Victim Empathy. 2.19 Support Systems. 2.20 The Future. Chapter 3: The Non-abusing Adult. 3.1 The Non-abusing Adult. 3.2 Assessing the Non-abusing Adult. 3.3 Ability to Protect. 3.4 the Future. 3.5 Evaluating the Information. Terms and Tools Used in Assessing Adults who Sexually Abuse Children. Subject index. Author index.